30 Day Challenges

30 Day Challenge: No Sugar

This is something I have been wanting to do for a while. I confess though that fear stopped me. Yes, you read it right, fear. I am one of those people that mindlessly strolls into the kitchen and next thing I know my mouth is full of chocolate. I swear, sometimes I cannot even tell you how it happened! But it happens, more often than I would like to admit. Can I really go 30 days without sugar?

I know sugar is everywhere, and I am not concerned about that in the least. My concern is the mindless eating that I do. What I want to cut is the chocolate, ice cream, and desserts in general. Sometimes when I catch myself standing in front of the kitchen counter with my hand full of M&Ms I shove them all quickly in my mouth as if eating faster would make the calories count less. Crazy, I know!

This challenge for me is about goal-setting, persistence, and follow-through. Is about telling myself I will do something and sticking with it until the end. Unlike the TV challenge where I cut it down how much TV I watched instead of completely eliminating it, for this one I want to go completely without for 30 days. I want to do it for two main reasons: to be able to tell myself that I can, and to hopefully reintroduce these foods in a more mindful way.

This challenge will happen during the month of February and I will be updating it both here and on the Facebook page. Like last time you are welcome to join me on this journey and share your experiences!

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To get ready you can download theΒ no sugar flyerΒ to tape to your refrigerator and cabinets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “30 Day Challenge: No Sugar

  1. My husband and I did the Whole30 last May, and it was the most eye opening experience! I am a complete sugar addict. Well, I WAS a complete sugar addict! I couldn’t even drink more than a sip of a Frappuccino after our 30 days! I was pleasantly surprised with myself for not cheating. I found more pleasure in eating a piece of fruit when I craved those sugary sweets! Best of luck to you! You can totally do this!

  2. I have attempted a sugar detox before and it is SO challenging but so worth it in the end!! Good luck to you! I look forward to seeing your updates and how you’re doing throughout the 30 days! If I could get enough motivation, I will totally join you….LOL.

    1. Thank you, Athen! I cannot say I am looking forward to it, but I am looking forward to how empowered I know I will feel afterward. AND to be able to build on that momentum to accomplish other things. I would love the company of someone who has done it before. Could you join the facebook page to help motivate the first-timer here? πŸ™‚

  3. I need to do this challenge more than you know, I have the BIGGEST sweet tooth! If I can get up enough courage to do this, I will join! πŸ™‚
    Also, I am loving your blog, I can’t wait to read more.
    -court

    1. Thanks, Court! Join the Facebook page if you want and you will see when the challenge starts. I am not expecting it to be easy (unfortunately πŸ™ ), but I think it will feel good in the end to know you can do it. You are definitely not alone, and I can only speak for myself when I say that I would love some support going through this! πŸ™‚

  4. I would like to try this out! I’m not so good at sticking with a workout routine, but definitely eliminating some sugar could be beneficial. πŸ™‚

  5. I think it is so hard today trying to cut sugar unless you plan to cook every meal and even then food has so many processed ingredients. I tried doing the Keto diet for 3 weeks and it was hard. I’m a picky eater which causes more problems. If you get good recipes during this journey, I hope you share them.

    1. Hi Vivian,
      I’m not completely cutting sugar for this challenge. That would be way too much for me at this point. I am just cutting the desserts and snacks, which already is a big challenge for me!

  6. I am also looking to cut back sugar! I’ve been keeping track of my sugar intake since the New Year, and it’s been a total eye-opening experience! Right now I have to really fight just to keep myself under 50 grams, which I’m slowly transitioning to under 24 grams a day. I’d like to do a sugar cleanse like this as well! Probably in March. Valentine’s Day will be a rough day for a no-sugar challenge! πŸ˜‰ But overall I’m excited for you because it will really teach you a lot about yourself, and I’m sure you’ll feel great too!

  7. I gave up sugar….because I had cancer. My sister forced me to give up sugar and flour. For the first few days I thought I could not do it. But, as time progressed, I was fine. I gave it up for a total of 3 months, and I lost weight, and loved having control over sugar. I went back to sugar, but it has not had the hold on me that it did before I gave it up. So glad for the experience! Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    1. I am sorry for what you went through, Jenny. I think my overall goal is exactly what you did. I don’t think I will go without these things forever, but I want to be more in control of what I eat. Going without for 30 days seems like a good way to jumpstart that change. If you haven’t already followed the facebook page and I will post updates there. I would love advice and encouragement from others done it already.

  8. I did a 30 day “wellness” program once and eliminating sugar was a big part of it. Excess sugar is one of the most damaging things to our health. It is hard because sugar is actually addicting. After the second day I was so tired and had a headache. So I ate a tiny piece of chocolate, took a nap, and turned the corner! I think finding healthy and satisfying alternatives to substitute for the sugar will make it easier as well. Feeling deprived is not one of my favorite things….You will feel so much better when you have gotten through it. Best wishes to you!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Debbie! It is true that replacing something is better than just eliminating. I have not thought much about that though. I can use fruit as an alternative, and nuts. I guess I will have to give this a little more though. Thanks for the advice!

  9. Wow no sugar! I can’t wait to hear about your experience, it will definitely have its obstacles, but I am sure once you hit a certain part in the experience it won’t be that bad! I will try and join you!

    1. Yay! Thanks for joining me Arielle! Follow me on the Facebook page so I can keep you updated and so you can share how you are doing as well. I can’t wait to hear your journey and struggle together with you! πŸ™‚

  10. I have always attempted to this, then at some point fail around 1 day later. Cutting out sugar is one of the hardest things to do as it is both so addictive and basically in everything mainstream. Someone make a sugarless mocha frappe and I might be able to withstand this detox for longer then a day!

    1. It is not easy for sure! Sugar is everywhere, so not to overwhelm myself I will just focus on dessert-type foods and see how that goes. IF you want to try again with me I would love the company!

  11. Good luck on your challenge! I cut out sugar a while back. I used to be able to drink four Thai iced teas, my sugary weakness, and still want more! Now, I can barely take two sips until I’m all sugared out. Now, if I want to satisfy my sugar craving, I’ll eat some fruit. Watermelons are my favorite:)

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